Maybe Just a Skim

photo: tuileries in blossom

A bit windy and not very sunny, but Tuileries fans
are out anyway.

But Not Skimpy

Paris:- Saturday, 13. April 2002:- This is a week like any other, with new items coming in the near future, new items happening right now, items that have been happening and will continue, and some few items that are about to expire, plus one item that is a 'one-time-only.'

Take your pick. You can even be choosy. As usual, not listed here are all of the permanent exhibits, in all of the city's galleries, other show places and museums, or in the national ones. Here you will find just a slight skim off the top.



Bikes Tours - take place every Saturday beginning at 10:00, starting from the Place d'Aligre, for tours of the artisanal and ex-industrial areas of eastern Paris. Paris 12. Métro: Ledru Rollin. InfoTel.: 01 53 17 03 18.

Afrique Secrète - is an exhibition drawn from this museum's own collection, meant to shed light on death rites of equatorial Africa and the initiation ceremonies practiced in west Africa. Also see the sculptures of Ndary Lo from Senegal. Both expos run until 21. July, daily from 11:00 to 19:00. Entry charge but free the last Wednesday of the month. At the Musée Dapper, 35. Rue Paul-Valéry, Paris 16. Métro: Etoile, Victor Hugo or Kléber. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 01 50.

'Voir des Etoiles' With Victor Hugo - for his bicentennial the focus is on Hugo's theatre efforts, in cooperation with the Comédie Française and the Bibliothèque Nationale. With 200 years to look back on, Hugo's works stand the testposter: salon du maquette of modernism. The exhibition and performances continue until Sunday, 28. July. From Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Maison de Victor Hugo, 6. Place des Vosges, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 10 16. Also see the Ministry of Culture's portal for more Victor Hugo events, such as 'Exilium Vite Est' from Tuesday, 7. May until August, presented at Hugo's exile home at Hauteville House on the Ile of Guernsey.

Portraits de Victor Hugo - are by Auguste Rodin, and can be found at his house, except on Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00, from 10:00 to 21:45 on Thursdays, and from 9:00 to 18:00 on Sundays. Until 14. July, at the Musée Rodin, 77. Rue de Varennes, Paris 7. Métro: Varennes. InfoTel.: 01 44 18 61 24.

Un Temps d'Exuberance - were what happened to the arts déco at the time of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. This big show begins on Thursday, 11. April and continues until 8. July. Open 10:00 to 19:15 and until 21:15 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. Reservations required for morning visits before 13:00. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Cleamenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Elles de Montparnasse - models and artists added up to inspiration, which is the theme of this exhibition which continues until mid-September. Open from Wednesday to Sunday; from 13:00 to 19:00. Le Musée du Montparnasse, 21. Avenue du Maine, Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse or Falguière. InfoTel.: 01 42 22 91 96.

23rd Salon de Maquette - Paris' ever bigger model show, with games thrown in. See boats, planes, helicopters, rockets - on display or in action. Continuing until Sunday, 21. April. Hours are from 10:00 to 19:00, and 10:00 to 22:00 on Friday, 19. April. Collectors should be on hand for the 20-21. April weekend. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 53 27 00.

Le Train Se Découvre - contains everything you ever wanted to know about trainsposter: voir des etoiles, hugo in this exhibition lasting until 1. September. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00; on Sundays from 10:00 to 19:00. At the Cité des Sciences, 30. Avenue Corentin-Cariou, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Villette. InfoTel.: 01 40 05 80 00.

Jirí Slíva - an exhibition of this Czech artist's humoristic or ironic works are currently on view from 12:30 to 18:30, from Tuesday to Friday. At the Atelier An. Girard, 7. Rue Campagne Première, Paris 14. Métro: Vavin or Raspail. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 01 16.

Lotterie Nationale En Affiches - France is a land of lotteries - love is a gamble! - and this expo-sale of posters for them presents examples from the '50s and '60s. See them in the afternoons at the Galerie Grand Monde, in the Cour Damoye, entry via 12. Place de la Bastille, Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 48 05 51 30.

After 11. September - images from New York's 'ground zero,' by Joël Meyerowitz. This homage in photos continues daily from 10:00 to 20:00 until 14. July, on the top of the Grand Arche at La Défense. Métro: Grande Arche-La Défense. InfoTel.: 01 49 07 27 57.

Only Chance!

Shamrock Festival - for the 4th year in a row, this one-night stand features the latest in pop-rock, with a who-knows-what-connection with shamrocks? This event features Perry Blake, Simian, Rubin Steiner, Luke and Maximilian Hecker. Only on Wednesday, 17. April, at the Elysée Montmartre, at 72. Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris 18. Métro: Anvers. If you miss this one, you can try the 'Panik' Night on Saturday, 4. May. 'Shamrock' will also appear at the Grand Mix in Lille and the Olympic in Nantes. Try Sofa for more details.

Serge Kantorowicz - will be featured in an exhibition with the subtitle, 'Pages Arrachées au Journal de Victor Hugo.' Kantorowicz has taken scenes from Hugo and mixed them with his own strange and imaginary life. Until Friday, 26. April, from 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. At the location of the Cultural Affairs direction of the Ville de Paris in the Hôtel d'Albret, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 84 00. No entry charge.

Figures du Carnaval - 'au Temps de Balzac' is an exhibition on 110 designs and engravings by Gavarni of the carnival in Paris at the time of Balzac. 'Beaucoup des drôleries.' Until Sunday, 21. April. 'Victor Hugo in Caricatures' is also on view, until 4. August. Except on Monday, from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Maison de Balzac, 47. Rue Raynouard, Paris 16. Métro: Passy or La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 55 74 41 90.

Le Polar Européen à Paris - World Book Day on Tuesday, 23. April will be celebrated in Paris with a whole week devoted to crime novels, and their filmedposter: expo sliva, at an girard versions. Books and films are from Spain, Portugal, France and Belguim, Italy, Sweden, Holland, Germany, and of course, Britain. 'Tatort' and 'krimi' week continues until Saturday, 27. April. UNESCO is part of this, so check out their Web site for more details about World Book Day.

Martine Franck - this Magnum photographer presents landscapes, portraits of artists and scenes from the 'Théâtre du Soleil,' in this exhibition of 90 photos. From Tuesday, 30. April until 29. September, from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays and public holidays. See the expo, then give yourself a tea in this museum's secluded garden. At the Musée de la Vie Romantique - Hôtel Scheffer Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges, Blanche or Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

Foire de Paris - is Paris' 'home show' with regional specialties that you may be lacking because you missed the 'Beautiful Cow Show.' This is the foire that includes the famous inventors' showcase, usually featuring the latest 'oyster-opener of the year.' From Tuesday, 30. April until Sunday, 12 May. Hours are 10:00 to 19:00 and from 10:00 to 22:00 on Friday, 3. May. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 53 27 00.

3rd Fête des Jazz - starts this year on Tuesday, 30. April and continues until Sunday, 12. May. From 10:00 to 19:00 and until 22:00 on Friday, 3. May. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 49 09 60 00.

Marc Chagall - important works are featured in an exhibition, 'Hadassah, de l'Esquisse au Vitrail,' from Tuesday, 30. April until 15. September. Except Saturdays, daily from 11:00 to 18:00, and on Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel Saint-Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 86 60.

Underground Jobs - in addition to the métro, other areas of underground jobs in Paris concernposter: pour la vie en couleur, elections the Catacombs and the quarries. 'Les Métiers du Monde Souterrain' features these jobs in photos by Jean-Yves Le Roy, beginning on Tuesday, 30. April and continuing until next March. Closed on Mondays and some holidays, but open on Tuesday from 11:00 to 16:00 and from Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00. At the Catacombs, 1. Place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 47 63.

Five Exceptional Days - are set aside for stamp collectors and dealers, from Wednesday, 8. May until Sunday, 12. May, from 9:00 to 18:00. At the Carré Marigny, in the Avenue Gabriel, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin D Roosevelt. No InfoTel.

Fête du Nautisme - is a Paris and France-wide nautical festival, to be held on Saturday, 11. May and Sunday, 12. May. InfoTel.: 08 20 82 01 54.

Two Sports Events - include the final of the football season, where one team will pick up the 'Coupe de France.' Kickoff is at 20:45 on Saturday, 11. May, at the Stade de France. Tennis fans can make their way to Roland Garros, beginning on Monday, 27. May, when winter is expected to be over.

Paris Jazz Festival - this year's edition begins on Saturday, 18. May and continues until Tuesday, 28. May. From 15:30 weekdays and from 16:30 on weekends. At the Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Château de Vincennes. InfoTel.: 01 55 94 20 20.

international Old Book Fair - this is Paris' big annual event for dealers as well as collectors, scheduled to take place from Thursday, 23. May until Sunday, 26. May. From 10:00 to 19:00, and from 15:00 to 21:00 on the first day. At the Maison de la Mutualité, 24. Rue Saint-Victor, Paris 5. Métro: M aubert-Mutualité. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 46 38.

Photos by Nathalie Darbellay - features photos taken during the renovations of the Opéra, the Opéra-Comique and the Châtelet theatre, all once part of Paris' 'Le Grand Opéra,' of the 19th century. Except for these, the other extravagant 'grand' locations have disappeared. To be presented in the Crypte Archéologique under the parvis of Notre Dame, from Wednesday, 29. May until 29. September. Except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Crypte Archéologique, 1. Place du Parvis de Notre-Dame, on the Ile de la Cité. Métro: Cité or Saint-Michel. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 83 51.

Salon de la Bande Dessinée à Paris - for the first time Paris will have its own major salon devoted to the comics, which are not only a major story-telling form but also a major publishing business in France. From Saturday, 1. June until Wednesday, 5. June. To be at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles.

Mondrian - 1892 - 1914 - is subtitled 'on the paths to abstraction' for this exhibition continuing until 14. July. From 10:00 to 18:00, until 21:45 on Thursdays and from 9:00 to 18:00 on Sunday. Closed on Mondays. At the Musée d'Orsay, entry at 62. Rue de Lille, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

La Révolution Surréaliste - will be a major exhibition dealing with, possibly, the 'exile' of the Surrealists during WWII. See the furry cup and saucer, with the furry-spoon as an accessory. This craziness, now seen as a true art form, continues until Monday, 24. June. From 11:00 to 21: daily except on Tuesdays. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Les Paris de Victor Hugo - beginning in March there will be a two-part exhibition featuring Victor Hugo's personal Paris locations and the locales detailed in 'Les Misérables' and 'Notre Dame de Paris.' This will be on show in several of the public libraries around Paris. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 80 50. Also note that Paris has a 'Bibliothèque Administrative' on the 4th floor of the Hôtel de Ville. This has works concerning law, politics and Paris' own history, and is open to researchers and the general public. At the Hôtel de Ville, entry 5, Rue Lobau, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 48 87.

Théodore Chasseriau, 1819 - 1856 - is featured and billed as a 'major event,' continuing until Monday, 27. May. Open 10:00 to 19:15 and until 21:15 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. Reservationsposter: expo trains, cite des sciences, villette required for morning visits up to 13:00, and are available daily from the Paris Tourist Office. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Afghanistan - une Histoire Millénaire - is a historical exhibition continuing until Monday, 27. May. Hours are 10:00 to 18:00, except closed on Tuesdays. Musée National des Guimet - Le Panthéon Bouddhique, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.

Thomas Eakins - an 'American realist,' is being featured in a major show until Sunday, 12. May. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00, and until 22:00 on Thursdays, but closed on Mondays. At the Musée d'Orsay, 1. Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.


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